- PIRACY/ROBBERY/MARITIM TERRORISM
No robbery/piracy/MT event reported the last week;
Total events in 2020: 93 incidents since the beginning of the year in IFC area of responsibility (compared to 69 at the same date in 2019);
Areas of interest:
Singapore Strait (and in vicinity): 21 incidents in 2017, 20 in 2018, 45 in 2019, 32 in 2020;
Seven members of Abu Sayyaf group were killed in a clash with government troops in the Sulu Sea on 03 Nov;
No successful kidnapping of merchant vessels in this area since the attack on SUPER SHUTTLE TUG 1 in March 2017, but the latest maritime event was on a fishing vessel in January 2020. It is more likely that small craft, fishing vessels and local merchant vessels operating near the Sulu archipelago, from the southern area of the Sulu Sea off Sabah to Zamboanga, will be primarily targeted considering the current destabilization of ASG groups by the Philippine army. However, any transit of a vessel with low freeboard and / or low speed in this area is still considered as highly dangerous.
Following anchorage areas:
India: Kakinada, Alang;
Indonesia: Anyer, Batam, Begawan, Belawan, Dumai, Merak, Muara Berau, Panjang, Sandakan, Samarinda, Taboneo and Tanjung Uban;
Philippines: Manila, Bauan/Batangas, General Santos Harbour ;
Vietnam: Campha, Ho Chi Minh, Vung Tau.
Reminder - about 400-600 Rohingyan illegal migrants left Cox's Bazaar Bangladesh, Oct 6th, and are expected in Andaman Sea / North of Malacca Strait now. Highly possible that the Rohingya boats could reach Malaysian coast from middle of November 2020;
Oct 29: Indonesian authorities detained two vietnamese fishing vessels and arrested 25 foreign fishermen for encroaching off Riau Islands, Indonesia;
Oct 31: Indonesian authorities arrested two malaysian fishing vessels that were fishing illegally in Indonesian waters around Malacca Straits;
Oct 29: Hong Kong authorities seized over half a ton of methamphétamine on a containership sailing to Australia;
Nov 05: Sri-Lankan authorities arrested two suspects attempting to smuggle about 213kg of Kerala cannabis worth over US$851,581;
- MARITIME INCIDENTS
Oct 31: 3 South Koreans were killed and 19 others were injured after their fishing boat collided with a bridge pier on the South-Korea west coast;
Nov 02: A container went adrift and ran aground due to strong winds by the typhoon Goni.